Mollman Media News Archives for 2019-03

2019, March 18th - 25th

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Today Let’s meet Canadian Valley Technology Center “Spotlight person of the week is Morgen Carter, Morgon is a home schooled Junior, from Ninnekah, and is studying “Health Careers I, at CV Tech. Tune in Friday the 22nd, to KOOL 105,5 FM, (the 7AM and 8AM News) to hear the story.

 

 

 

 

Monday, March 25th

 

One Dead in Crash Near Alex

A Lindsay woman died in a terrible crash on a Grady County highway. 24-year old Cassandra Steakley died when her car hit a semi head-on near Alex. The accident happened just before 10:00 a.m. Sunday on State Highway 19 about a mile west of Alex. The highway patrol reports that Steakley was westbound on the highway when she crossed over the centerline and crashed into the semi. It took two hours for crews from the Grady County fire department could get her out of the wreckage. The driver of the semi, 42-year old James Bish, Jr. of Anadarko was not injured. The accident shut down Highway 19 for several hours.

 

New Deputy Chief on Board at Chickasha Fire Dep't.

The Chickasha Fire Department has a new deputy fire chief. Tony Samaniego has been on board for about a month. Samaniego spent nearly 14 years at the Newcastle Fire Department, and says he's been on the road a lot over the last seven years working with the Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training program.

 

              

 

Samaniego will be working with a new training coordinator with the fire department who is expected to be on board soon.

 

Chix Library to Close for New Door Installation

The Chickasha Library will be getting some new doors this week. But the library will have to close for a couple of days in order for the doors to be installed. The library will be open for its regular hours today, but it will be closed all day tomorrow and Wednesday. Director Lillie Huckaby says the library should re-open for normal hours on Thursday.

 

 Rig Count Down in Oklahoma, Nation             

The number of rigs drilling for oil and natural gas are down across the state and around the country. The count in Oklahoma was down two rigs to 109 this past week. That number is also down about 10 percent from the same time last year. Nationwide, the rig count is down 10 locations to 1,016 - which is a little higher than for the same time a year ago.

 

CV Tech Campus Director to Receive Leadership Award              

A top award will be presented to the campus director of the Chickasha site of Canadian Valley Technology Center. Ronnie Bogle will receive an Outstanding Leadership Award from the Oklahoma Career Tech Equity Council. Bogle was selected for the honor for his support of what is known as the PIVOT work-prep program. It helps students to set and reach career goals. The award to be presented at this week's Making it Work Day awards program in Oklahoma City. Bogle has been an educator for 17 years and has been with CV Tech for 14 years.

 

Regional Youth Get Top Dollar at Stock Show

A couple of regional youth did very well at the Oklahoma Youth Expo (OYE) this month. Farm broadcaster Ron Hays tells us-

 

              

 

The largest amount paid was $85,000 for the grand champion steer shown by Sierra Collins from Tillman County 4H. The Grand lamb sold for $15,000 which went to Lydia Stryka of Yukon. Overall, more than $1.2 million was paid to more than 200 youth who exhibited the top animals at OYE.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.04 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.03.

Natural gas is $2.75 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,323 and silver is $15.52

 

 

Saturday, March 23rd

 

 

 Man Who Pled Guilty to Assault Faces Stolen Gun Charge             

Chickasha police arrest a man after finding a stolen handgun in his car. And it’s not his first time being in trouble with the law. 21-year old Jacob Shane Annesley of Chickasha is charged with knowingly concealing stolen property and for being a felon in possession of a weapon. He's also facing misdemeanor charges of drug possession, DUI, and driving under suspension. Chickasha police pulled Annesley over in Shannon Springs Park just after midnight Thursday on a traffic stop. In a probable cause affidavit, the officer alleges Annesley was under the influence and that the suspect admitted having drugs and a gun in the car. The gun had recently been stolen from Chickasha and was placed in NCIC, which is the National Crime Information Center database. On-line court records indicate Annesley pleaded guilty to felony assault and battery in Cleveland County in 2017 and was given a four-year deferred sentence. Annesley remains in the Grady County jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

 

Another Texas Energy Firm Growing in SCOOP, STACK

A Texas-based energy company reports that 2018 was its busiest year ever. Officials with Blue Sage Capital of Austin credit activity in the SCOOP and STACK regions as the reason. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports Blue Sage Capital saw the exit of three of its portfolio companies and the addition of two others. One of those companies, Cobalt Environmental Solutions, opened saltwater disposal wells in both the SCOOP and STACK. One of them is located between Chickasha and Dibble on State Highway 39 just east of Highway 62. Cobalt also opened greenfield facilities in Dibble and Cole. Company officials say the operations should provide meaningful cash-flow, and create a larger geographic footprint. The firm is also working to expand operations and has already been permitted for future disposal facilities. In addition, Blue Sage recently wrapped up an investment in All-State Industries of Des Moines, Iowa, which has several manufacturing facilities in the Midwest and Texas. All-State is a leading manufacturer of non-metallic components for original equipment manufacturers across a wide range of end-markets.

 

New Door Installation to Briefly Close Chix Library

The Chickasha Public Library will be closed for a couple of days next week, so that some new automatic doors can be installed. Library director Lillie Huckaby says the library will be closed on Tuesday, March 26th and Wednesday, March 27th. Huckaby says the company installing the doors needs two consecutive days of mild temperatures and no rain to install the new entry doors. Funding for the doors is being provided by the City of Chickasha and the Friends of the Chickasha Library.

 

Suprise Birthday Party Set for Twin WW II Vets

We've had an interesting request to announce a surprise birthday party for twin brothers who served in World War II. So please don't tell Elmer and Delmer Conder about the party. The Conders will be 96 years old on Monday. They still work every day at their used car dealership. Elmer was a fighter pilot and Delmer was in the military police and worked in a German POW camp. The surprise birthday party will be at the Conder’s dealership at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon.

 

State Ranch Horse Group Returns to Chickasha              

The Oklahoma Ranch Horse Association has returned to Chickasha. The group originally formed here about five years ago and moved to other locations. But the organization has outgrown those locations and has scheduled several competitions at the Grady County Fairgrounds this year. This weekend is the first of four competitions in 2019. Sissy Smith is the president of the group and says about 150 competitors of all ages will be taking part in about a dozen events.

 

              

 

Riders from Oklahoma, Arkansas and north Texas will be in for the event. Smith is 76 years old and still competes in many events, including cow cutting. Admission is free for spectators. Events are all day Saturday and Sunday at the non-climate controlled indoor arena at the fairgrounds.

 

 

Friday, March 22nd

 

Thief Steals Truck, Trailer From Repair Shop

A thief goes through a lot of trouble to break into a business just outside of Chickasha. It happened Monday night at Bates Repair Shop south of Chickasha on Highway 81 where a pickup and a flatbed trailer were stolen. When he got to the shop Tuesday morning, owner Brad Bates tells KFOR-TV he noticed damage to a fence, and immediately knew it wasn't a minor incident.

 

              

 

Bates has video surveillance of the crook, who stole a 2012 Chevy Silverado 2500 pickup and the trailer. Sheriff Jim Weir says the thief used an ATV to go through a wooded area behind the business to gain access. Once in the truck, he crashes through the locked gate of the fence and drives away. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call the sheriff's office or Grady County Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS.

 

Two Hospitalized After Car Collides with Semi

Two women are hospitalized after a car they were in slams into a semi that was turning in front of them. 29-year old Kortney Lavey of Marlow and 27-year old Krystin Kirkendall of Lindsay were last in fair condition at a Purcell hospital. The driver of the semi and a passenger, identified as 35-year old Mukand S. Sidhu and 22-year old Manjinder Singh, both of Edmonton, Alberta Canada, were not injured. The accident happened just before midnight on State Highway 19 about three miles north of Pauls Valley. The highway patrol reports that the semi was trying to turn south onto the highway. The car the women were in hit the rear trailer area of the semi.

 

Anadarko Man Faces New Drug Trafficking Charges

An Anadarko ex-con is back in jail on drug trafficking charges. 50-year old Keith DeShawn Miller was arrested by Anadarko police following a traffic stop earlier this week. Documents filed in Caddo County District Court indicate officers found 20 grams of methamphetamine in his car. Miller has a long history of drug-related convictions. He was out of jail on bond following a previous drug-related arrest just three months ago. In addition to drug trafficking, Miller is also facing several misdemeanors in connection with this week's arrest. He remains in the Caddo County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

              

Bridge Creek School Burglary Suspect in Custody              

A suspect is in custody in connection with a burglary that occurred at Bridge Creek School last December. 23-year old Derek Alexander Carr of Newcastle has been formally charged with felony burglary and a misdemeanor for vandalism in connection with the theft. Documents filed in Grady County District Court say Carr broke in to the football fieldhouse and stole a big screen TV and other electronics. Carr remains in the Grady County Jail on a $17,000 bond, which includes a failure to appear following a felony DUI arrest last year.

 

'Walk with a Doc' set Tomorrow

Local doctors are practicing what they preach when encouraging us to get more exercise. Walk with a Doc is set for tomorrow morning, a program held the 4th Saturday of every month. This month, Dr. Mitch Coppedge will be the doctor who will give a short presentation to participants, and then join them with a stroll which will last about an hour. The program is free and you can bring the kids and pets, but please have your pet on a leash. The program was created by Grady Memorial Hospital and the Five Oaks Medical Clinic. Weather permitting, Walk with a Doc will be held at Shannon Springs Park starting at 9 o'clock in the morning. In case of rain, and there is rain in the forecast tomorrow, it will be moved to the Chickasha High School Activity Center.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Chickasha Fire Chief Brian Zalewski and new Deputy Fire Chief Tony Samaniego are this week's guests on our KOOL Konversation. And 4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole is this week's guest on Real Estate Today with John Mosley. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.98 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.86.

Natural gas is $2.82 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,318 and silver is $15.50.

 

 

Thursday, March 21st

 

Consumer Spending Climbs in Grady County

The latest consumer spending numbers show a slight increase across Grady County, while spending in the City of Chickasha was down. The numbers reflect the purchases of taxable goods and services in January, which are typically down from the holiday shopping period in December. Throughout Grady County, consumer spending rose just over 2 percent to an estimated $118 million. That number is an increase of more than 13 percent compared to January of last year. The county collected $886,000 in sales tax revenue this month from that consumer spending in January. The county collected an additional $113,000 in use taxes which are those paid on Internet purchases. The use tax number is down substantially from last month's $186,000 but up from $98,000 from last year.

 

 Consumers Spend Less in City of Chickasha             

Checking the City of Chickasha, consumer spending was down about 13.5 percent from December to January to about $25 million. That number is also down about 1 percent compared to January of 2018. The city collected $951,000 in sales tax revenue from that retail business. The city's use tax collections of $76,000 were down considerably from $126,000 last month. However, the number was better than the same time a year ago when it was $56,000.

 

Most Alcohol-selling Businesses Aren't Selling to Minors

Merchants that sell alcohol are checked from time to time to make sure they aren't selling to minors. Red Rock Prevention Services will monitor retailers about once a month to make sure they are following the law. Sarah Keef with Red Rock discusses a couple of recent alcohol compliance checks in Grady County.

 

              

 

A retailer caught selling to minors is fined and asked to have employees attend a Responsible Beverage Service and Sales training session. It's a two-hour program that is provided at no cost.

 

Police Seek Owners of Firearms Taken Years Ago 

Some firearms stolen from a Chickasha home some 20 years ago are at the Duncan Police Department. Authorities are trying to find the rightful owners of a rifle or shotgun which are in the unclaimed property inventory at Duncan. Officials say the firearms were taken in a theft in Chickasha sometime in the mid-1990s. The Chickasha Police Department has a post regarding the firearms on its Facebook page. The owner or owners will have to identify the firearms through a serial number, unique markings, or a photograph. E-mail Capt. Joe Shoemake at the Duncan Police Department for information: joe@duncanok.gov

 

Chickasha Chamber to Resume Legislative Breakfast Mtgs

A program to help Chickasha Chamber of Commerce members keep up with what's happening at the state capital will resume next week. It's called a Legislative Breakfast, which will be held once each month during the legislative session. The first program of the year will feature Chickasha State Representative David Perryman and Marlow State Representative Brad Boles. The legislative breakfast will be next Friday, March 29th at the InterUrban Restaurant. Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m. with the meeting starting at 8:00 a.m. Cost is $15 for chamber members and $20 for potential chamber members. Officials ask those who plan to attend to RSVP the chamber by noon on March 28th by calling 405-224-0787.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.83 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.50.

Natural gas is $2.82 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,327 and silver is $15.62.

 

 

Wednesday, March 20th

 

 

 

Congressman Cole Visits Chickasha

Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole spent some time in Chickasha yesterday, and we had a chance to talk with him for a few minutes. Cole said he has a good relationship with President Trump. Of course, both are Republicans, but Cole says whether you agree with him or not, Trump is trying to accomplish the projects he set out to do in his campaign, including building a wall along the southern border. Cole says he talks with the president often.

 

              

 

Cole will be this week's guest on our Real Estate Today program with John Mosley this Saturday morning.

 

New Oil, Gas Well Completions Near Pocasset

There are some new well completions to report in Grady County. EOG Resources is reporting about 1,200 barrels of oil-equivalent and 1,000 metric cubic feet of natural gas per day in three wells which are located about eight miles west of Pocasset. All are in Section 29 of Township 8 North, Range 5 West. The drilling depths for each well are about 21,000 feet.

 

Vandalized Track Hoe Leads Anadarko to Start Curfew

A spring break curfew is in effect for kids in Anadarko. The curfew was put into place after an expensive piece of equipment was damaged by vandals. A brand new track hoe was on the site of a sewer project, when authorities say someone used a metal pipe to break out the windows and damage control panels. Damage is estimated to be several thousand dollars. City Manager Kenneth Corn tells KSWO-TV that they are working hard to improve the city. He said city officials want to be good stewards of tax money, and that it’s unfair for everyone to pay for the mischief of other people. Minors are to be off Anadarko streets by 10 p.m., otherwise the youth as well as their parents can get a ticket. Police are still trying to find the culprits who damaged the track hoe.

 

2 X 4 Used to Vandalize Convenience Store

A Chickasha man is arrested and charged after its alleged he vandalized a convenience store with a 2 x 4.  Chickasha police were dispatched to the Valero North store at 4th and Texas about 10:30 Monday night. Zachary James Ervin, 25, was taken into custody. Yesterday, prosectors charged Ervin with felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and a misdemeanor for vandalism. Ervin remains in the Grady County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond. He's to announce his attorney April 18th with a preliminary hearing conference set for May 1st.

 

Former State Rep Supports Transparency at State Capital

Efforts at the state capital to create more transparency in state government have the backing of the director of the Oklahoma Institute for Children’s Advocacy. Joe Dorman says Senate Bill 1, the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT), would help the legislature identify economies and efficiencies for possible savings; examine the structure and design of agency programs; provide objective performance measures for agency programs; and monitor compliance with state law and relevant standards to an agency program. In his weekly media column, Dorman says he appreciates the work of Senate President Greg Treat to give lawmakers the tools they need to provide effective government oversight.

 

Circus Schedules Two Chickasha Shows Today

The circus will be in town this afternoon at tonight. The Carden International Circus will have two performances at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Each show will run about two hours, and families can bring the kids out about an hour before each show for pre-carnival activities like camel, elephant, and pony rides. The circus will feature aerial and acrobatic acts, and tigers. Performances are at 4:30 and 6:30 tonight.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.03 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.61.

Natural gas is $2.87 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,302 and silver is $15.30.

 

 

 

Tuesday March 19th

Governor Appoints Kristin Stacy to Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

 

Governor Kevin Stitt announced the appointment of a local Lawyer yesterday. Our Local board appointment for the Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is Kristin Stacy, who currently serves as a founding partner of Stacy Legal Group, and lives in Blanchard. Gov. Stitt Stated, he appreciates Oklahomans stepping up to serve the state to provide a customer-centered government; Ensuring leadership, accountability and transparency.

 

If you’re headed to OKC, construction could cause interruptions and closures on I235.

According to ODOT, The Off-Broadway Project phase begins Monday, and part of Interstate 235 in the middle of 50th and 63rd Street will be under construction for 2 years, as the city rebuilds ramps, and widened lanes between Edmond and downtown Oklahoma City. Expect at least five full-weekend closures planned for this project, and one on I-44,”

 

The City of Chickasha Has Announced a Ward 4 Meeting.

The Chickasha’s City Council is holding the Ward 4 Meeting for residents on Tuesday, April 9. The meeting will be held at 6:30 in the evening at the Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, located at 117 N. 4th Street. Ward 4 Council Members are Zachary Grayson and Jim Hopkins remind you, the Ward Meetings are an opportunity for residents to meet their elected officials and share ideas. Residents of Ward 4 may also share their thoughts using the new Citizen Feedback Form, available at chickasha.org.

 

Amazon sets the path for students to engineering. 

Amazon announces it will begin funding computer science courses in dozens of schools across the state. As a part of the Amazon Future Engineer program designed to get kids into STEM careers. It aims to reach students in underprivileged communities. Almost 30 schools are in Oklahoma. For more information on the program Go to www . amazon future engineer . com    

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The 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee is May 29th through 31st,

And out of over 500 spellers, 5 are from Oklahoma  and 2 from central Oklahoma– 11 year old Shawn Terrado,  from Elgin; and 12 year old Meena Seshadri,  from Norman;. Bee Week 2019, will take place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Spellers and their families will arrive Sunday, May 26, and the competition will begin on Monday, May 27. For more information go to spellingbee. com

 

Funeral service for Peggy Underwood, age 77, will be held on Wednesday morning at 10 at the South Main Street Church of Christ in Alex, OK. Interment will be in the Alex Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Monday March 18th

Oklahoma House Bill authorizing certain personnel to carry a handgun on school property is up for debate.

House Bill 2336 presented by The bill’s author, Rep. Sean Roberts, has passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and If signed into law, it will allow districts to authorize certain personnel to carry a handgun on school property, as long as the personnel hold a valid reserve peace officer certification, or possesses a valid handgun license. Rep. Roberts, said some districts struggle to find personnel willing to undergo the required private security guard training. House Bill 2336 would allow districts to work with law enforcement on alternative instruction.

 

Chickasha School Officials Delay on-line posting of audit.

More information today about a story we reported last week regarding a recent audit of Chickasha Public Schools. A detailed audit of the school district was discussed at last week's school board meeting. The audit found incidents of over-spending, mis-managed funds, and not following proper purchasing procedures. Board president Doug Brown initially said, the audit would be posted on the school district's website. but the posting must wait until school officials review the issue at the next school board meeting in April. The audit is a matter of public record, and a copy can be requested: By submitting an open records request form at the school administration building, but the district can charge a fee for printed pages.

 

Amazon sets the path for students to engineering. 

Amazon announces it will begin funding computer science courses in dozens of schools across the state. As a part of the Amazon Future Engineer program designed to get kids into STEM careers. It aims to reach students in underprivileged communities. Almost 30 schools are in Oklahoma. For more information on the program Go to www.amazonfutureengineer.com    

For more information on the program click HERE.          

 

Duncan man accused of shooting his brother’s car.

25-year-old Jacob Austin Berry of Duncan is accused of shooting his brother’s Ford Mustang in the 600 block of North 1st Street last week. In Stephens County District Court he was charged with a felony count of… use of vehicle to facilitate intentional discharge of weapon. According to court documents, Duncan Police responded and reported windows had been shot out and a copper jacket bullet retrieved from between the front window and the vehicle’s dash. Berry was held on $150 thousand dollar bond after confessing to shooting up his brother’s car.

 

OHP reported 2 Wrecks in our area over weekend.

First, a Personal injury accident occurred Sat. morning around 10  on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike at mile marker 58 one mile east of Fletcher. According to OHP, a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 34 year old Sommer Paige Walsh, of Wichita Falls was west bound on I-44, and got sleepy then departed the roadway to the right, and flipped.  The driver and all 3 passengers were ejected from the vehicle. Walsh, Cynthia  Hamic, and 2 Juvenile, females were Transported by Survival Flight to OU Medical Center with serious condition including head, arm, leg, and trunk injuries.

 

The second was also a Personal injury accdent Sat. night about 6 miles South of 1440 Rd. east of 2510 Rd. and, northwest of Apache. OHP reported a 2010 Honda ATV driven by 60 year old Debra R. Schultz, of Apache, was westbound on private property when the Schultz struck a terrace overturning the ATV.  Schultz was transported by Survival Flight to OU Medical Hospital, and Admitted in good condition with head, and trunk injuries.


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Today Let’s meet Canadian Valley Technology Center “Spotlight person of the week Matthew Ellis. Matthew Is a Home Schooled senior, and is studying Computer Drafting & Design at C.V. Tech. Tune in Friday the 15th, to KOOL 105,5 FM, (the 7AM and 8AM News) to hear the story.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday March 18th

 

Oklahoma House Bill authorizing certain personnel to carry a handgun on school property is up for debate.

House Bill 2336 presented by The bill’s author, Rep. Sean Roberts, has passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and If signed into law, it will allow districts to authorize certain personnel to carry a handgun on school property, as long as the personnel hold a valid reserve peace officer certification, or possesses a valid handgun license. Rep. Roberts, said some districts struggle to find personnel willing to undergo the required private security guard training. House Bill 2336 would allow districts to work with law enforcement on alternative instruction.

 

Chickasha School Officials Delay on-line posting of audit.

More information today about a story we reported last week regarding a recent audit of Chickasha Public Schools. A detailed audit of the school district was discussed at last week's school board meeting. The audit found incidents of over-spending, mis-managed funds, and not following proper purchasing procedures. Board president Doug Brown initially said, the audit would be posted on the school district's website. but the posting must wait until school officials review the issue at the next school board meeting in April. The audit is a matter of public record, and a copy can be requested: By submitting an open records request form at the school administration building, but the district can charge a fee for printed pages.

 

Amazon sets the path for students to engineering. 

Amazon announces it will begin funding computer science courses in dozens of schools across the state. As a part of the Amazon Future Engineer program designed to get kids into STEM careers. It aims to reach students in underprivileged communities. Almost 30 schools are in Oklahoma. For more information on the program Go to www.amazonfutureengineer.com    

For more information on the program click HERE.          

 

Duncan man accused of shooting his brother’s car.

25-year-old Jacob Austin Berry of Duncan is accused of shooting his brother’s Ford Mustang in the 600 block of North 1st Street last week. In Stephens County District Court he was charged with a felony count of… use of vehicle to facilitate intentional discharge of weapon. According to court documents, Duncan Police responded and reported windows had been shot out and a copper jacket bullet retrieved from between the front window and the vehicle’s dash. Berry was held on $150 thousand dollar bond after confessing to shooting up his brother’s car.

 

OHP reported 2 Wrecks in our area over weekend.

First, a Personal injury accident occurred Sat. morning around 10  on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike at mile marker 58 one mile east of Fletcher. According to OHP, a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 34 year old Sommer Paige Walsh, of Wichita Falls was west bound on I-44, and got sleepy then departed the roadway to the right, and flipped.  The driver and all 3 passengers were ejected from the vehicle. Walsh, Cynthia  Hamic, and 2 Juvenile, females were Transported by Survival Flight to OU Medical Center with serious condition including head, arm, leg, and trunk injuries.

 

The second was also a Personal injury accdent Sat. night about 6 miles South of 1440 Rd. east of 2510 Rd. and, northwest of Apache. OHP reported a 2010 Honda ATV driven by 60 year old Debra R. Schultz, of Apache, was westbound on private property when the Schultz struck a terrace overturning the ATV.  Schultz was transported by Survival Flight to OU Medical Hospital, and Admitted in good condition with head, and trunk injuries.

 

Saturday, March 16th

 

Chix School Officials Delay Decision to Post Audit On-line

More information today about a story we reported this week regarding a recent audit of Chickasha Public Schools. A detailed audit of the school district was discussed for about an hour and a half at this week's school board meeting. The audit found many incidents of over-spending, mis-managed funds, and not following proper purchasing procedures. At the school board meeting, board president Doug Brown initially said the audit would be posted on the school district's website. Now, school officials are backing off that promise, at least for the time being. Superintendent Jack Herron said school attorneys have recommended that the audit not be placed on the website, because it wasn't clear if there was a consensus of the school board members to do so. Herron said the issue would be discussed at the next school board meeting in April, to let the panel officially make the decision. The audit is a matter of public record and anyone can request a copy. Individuals can submit an open records request form at the school administration building. A digital copy of the audit can be sent via e-mail. A physical copy of the review would be available, but the district can charge a fee for every page printed.

 

Murder Suspect Wants to Withdraw Plea

A Caddo County man wants to withdraw his guilty plea in connection with the fatal stabbing of a man. Joshua Codynah of Apache is claiming his attorney at the time was ineffective. Codynah entered a blind plea in Comanche County District Court in connection with the 2016 death of Michael Mithlo in Lawton. Codynah's new attorney says his client did not understand the consequences of his initial plea. KSWO-TV cites the withdrawal application as saying Codynah was not advised that Mithlo’s family members would testify at his sentencing hearing, which is what he was trying to avoid with his blind plea. The application also claims Codynah was denied the chance to tell his side of the story.

 

Pre-War Swap Meet Wraps up Today               

Today is the final day of Chickasha's Pre-War Swap Meet. Only transportation items between 1890 and 1945 are allowed. You may even find some horseless carriages at the Grady County Fairgrounds. We talked to George Wilson and Tom Campbell, who came all the way from San Antonio to attend the meet. Campbell said they've been here every year for about 20 years. Wilson is 76 years old and Campbell is 84. Both are avid fans of the Model T, and  have spent much of their lives restoring the historic vehicles. Wilson said they're not in it much for themselves anymore, but like to renew friendships they've made and even help out if they can.

 

               

               

Wilson said he has a one-of-a-kind 1941 car that was the first luxury car made by Ford. He said it took him four years just to find the car, then he spent the next 17 years finding the parts he needed. He says he still drives it every day, although he didn't bring it to this year's show.

 

Switzer Firm to Install Scoreboards at Sports Complex

Former OU and Dallas Cowboy football coach Barry Switzer was in Chickasha Friday to announce a partnership between the City of Chickasha and a scoreboard company he has part ownership in. Switzer's company, Youth Scoreboards, will install new digital scoreboards at the city's sports complex at no expense to the city. Initially, the company will install six new scoreboards. The city council has already approved the agreement. Switzer said they'll re-coup their investment through advertising on the 4’ X 8’ video screens on each of the scoreboards. He said once the scoreboards are paid for, the company will donate a percentage of its ad revenue to the city.

 

               

 

City Manager John Noblitt said this project was brought to the city a couple of years ago.

 

               

 

The first scoreboards could be installed within a month. Plans are for five more scoreboards to be installed, and, the inoperable digital sign visible from the H.E. Bailey Turnpike may also be replaced.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Dr. Mitch Coppedge with the Five Oaks Medical Clinic is this week's guest on our KOOL Konversation. He'll be talking about the relatively new Walk with a Doc program. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, our guest is Oklahoma Lt. Gov Matt Pinnell. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

 

Friday, March 15th

 

 

Chix School Audit Won't be Posted on District Website

Chickasha school officials have decided against posting that forensic audit heard at this week's school board meeting on the school district's website. After the 90-minute review officials initially said the lengthy document would be placed on the website. Superintendent Jack Herron was not available to discuss the reason for the change. The audit is still a matter of public record and anyone can request a copy. Those individuals will have to fill out a request form at the administration office, then a copy will be e-mailed to them. The audit was critical of several issues, including some employees double-dipping; an employee being overpaid by nearly $7,000; an employee getting paid $80 per hour instead of $20 per hour; missing activity and athletic funds; and that bank card signatures had not been updated. While this forensic audit will not be posted on the school district’s website, a separate audit conducted by the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s Office can be viewed on the website: www.chickasha.k12.ok.us

 

Volunteer Fireman Discovers Rural House Fire

A volunteer fireman was in the right place at the right time. The unidentified Verden fireman saw smoke coming from a home northeast of Verden Thursday morning and notified his department. Authorities called out not only Verden volunteer fire crews but Anadarko as well. They were able to contain the fire to the laundry room where the fire started. Nobody was home when the fire started. Damage estimate was not available.

 

Pre-War Antique Auto Swap Meet Underway

You've no doubt seen the latest technology in the automotive industry where cars, trucks, and even semis are driven by robots. And electric cars and trucks are also becoming more and more available. In Chickasha this weekend, instead of the new robotic technology, antique auto enthusiasts will step BACK in time. The Pre-War Swap Meet celebrates the first 50 years of motorized transportation. There's nothing at the meet that is newer than 1945. About 300 vendors from across the country are expected to be on hand for this 29th annual event. The swap meet is run by Mike and Susie Ersland of Chickasha. It was started by Mike's dad, the late Joe Ersland. Admission to the event is free, and it’s being held at the Grady County Fairgrounds today and tomorrow. Also tomorrow, separate from the swap meet, the Chickasha Antique Auto Club will host its monthly Coffee and Cars. That event will be in the Grand View Shopping Center near Stage from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

               

Barry Switzer to Announce Investment in Chickasha

He's won a national championship in college football and a Super Bowl. Former OU and Dallas Cowboy coach Barry Switzer will be in Chickasha today, to announce an investment in the city. Details of the project have not been released, but Switzer will be meeting city and business leaders this afternoon. Switzer also operates a dog-training facility in Tuttle called Ground Zero, which trains dogs to do search-and-rescue missions following disasters. Switzer will be announcing his project at a meet-and-greet at the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce from 12:30 p.m.  to 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.

 

Blanchard to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Sunday is St. Patrick's Day. The City of Blanchard will hold its annual St. Patrick's Day parade tomorrow. There's activities before the parade with Irish dancing, Irish music, and food trucks starting at 3:00 p.m. The parade will start at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.61 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is down to $67.23.

Natural gas is $2.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,302 and silver is $15.36.

 

 

Thursday, March 14th

 

DHS Seeks Foster Families

Thousands of Oklahoma kids are in foster care. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has more than 8,000 children in protective custody. Of that total, there are more than 200 foster children in the Grady and Caddo county areas. Lourie Myers heads up the DHS Foster Care programs in the region. She says there is a big need for foster families to help care for the youth. Myers says if at all possible, they work to get the kids with someone they know.

              

Myers says the ultimate goal is to have the children re-united with their parents. Foster families can be married couples, single parent homes, and same-sex homes. Families do have to undergo a background check and training to qualify.

 

Wanted Burglary Suspect Behind Bars

A Blanchard man is in custody, accused of burglary and auto theft that occurred last summer. 23-year old Reiman Nelson Beaty was taken into custody by a Grady County sheriff's deputy earlier this week. A warrant for Beaty's arrest was issued last November. In documents on file at the Grady County Courthouse, it’s alleged that Beaty forced his way into a couple of homes and stole some firearms and a pickup. The pickup was recovered and returned to the owner. Beaty was arraigned on four felonies in connection with the alleged crimes. He's facing two counts of burglary, one count of vehicle theft, and one count of knowingly concealing stolen property. He remains in jail pending a $20,000 bond. He's to announce his attorney later this month and a preliminary hearing conference is set for April 17th.

 

Lt. Gov. to Make Chickasha Stop

Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell will be in Chickasha today. Pinnell will be addressing the graduating class of Leadership Chickasha this afternoon. The Leadership class has been meeting monthly since last fall. Graduation will be held in the USAO Regents room.

 

Wildlife Refuge Re-Opens; Repairs Still Underway

The visitors center at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge has re-opened today. Officials had to close the center last week due to a power outage. There are still some electrical issues, but officials brought in a generator to help with the bathrooms and building sanitation systems. However, the phones still don't work. Officials are hoping repairs can be completed as early as next week. While the phones are still down, if you would like a permit for the refuge you can e-mail the U.S. fish and Wildlife Service: wmr_permits@fws.orm

 

Technology Students Gather at Rush Springs               

Students at Rush Springs this week hosted their peers from regional schools for its annual Technology Students of America mini-conference. The conference was for high school and middle school students. Business-skill options were anywhere from designing and building dragsters to technology essays. Other areas included school gardens using hydroponic and aeroponic growing methods and entrepreneurship training.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.26 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.55.

Natural gas is $2.82 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,298 and silver is $15.24.

 

 

Wednesday, March 13th

 

School Board Members Clash During Forensic Audit Review

It didn't take long for the newest members of the Chickasha school board to voice their concerns about problems within the school system that have surfaced over the last couple of years. Cara Gerdes and Laurie Allen took their oaths of office last night to serve on the board of education. Here's Gerdes being sworn in by school board clerk Christal Bates.

 

               

 

After Allen was also sworn in, there was verbal sparring between her and school board president Doug Brown regarding the timing of the release of a forensic audit report. Allen wanted to delay the report, calling it reckless and irresponsible to discuss some details in public, especially the identities of current and former employees. She also wanted school board member-elect Robyn Morse to be seated on the panel before the discussion. Brown wanted the report to be heard in order for board members ask questions about it. He said the audit is a matter of public record, and anyone could get a copy of it and come to their own conclusions without any board response. Auditor Leah Wietholter spent about 90 minutes reviewing her findings. She highlighted about a dozen areas of concern including employees double-dipping; missing funds from the archery and other sports programs; and vehicle purchases made without the approval of the superintendent or the school board. Wietholter said most of the areas of concern had been rectified. One issue that arose named Morse who is a former school administrator. Wietholter said Morse had done some contract work while on school time. Morse said she had the approval of both the superintendent and school board at the time to do so. She says she feels bad for other former and current school employees whose names are included in the review.

 

               

 

Morse says she hopes the audits will help clear the air on many issues and that it's time for the district to move forward. Morse will take her oath of office for the school board next month. The complete forensic audit will be posted on the Chickasha public school website: www.chickasha.k12.ok.us

 

OHCE to Hold Appreciation Lunch for Military Vets

Area military veterans and their spouses will be treated to an appreciation lunch tomorrow. The Grady County OHCE will be serving lunch for the men and women who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. Beans, cornbread, coleslaw, and desserts will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the DAV Chapter 17 headquarters in downtown Chickasha. Any veteran who may have questions about their benefits or need help in applying for benefits will be able to get assistance throughout the day as well.

 

Ag Producers Face Friday Deadline to Apply for NAP               

Agriculture producers have until this Friday to sign up for the USDA program known as NAP, the Non-insured Assistance Program. Here's Mark Jackson with the Grady County Farm Service Agency.

 

               

 

Jackson says in order to be eligible for the coverage, a crop must be uninsurable, and a commercially-produced commodity for which catastrophic-level insurance is not available through federal crop insurance companies. Contact your local Farm Service Agency office for information.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.87 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.67.

Natural gas IS $2.78 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,308 and silver is $15.53.

 

 

Tuesday, March 12th

 

Couple Escapes Serious Injuries in Train-Car Crash

A train hits a car in southern Grady County this past weekend and two people in the car are lucky to avoid serious injuries. The accident happened about near Agawam School about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Sources tell us the northbound Union Pacific train hit the back of the car on the passenger side. The driver was identified as Dion Duke, who was taken to the hospital with a head injury. The highway patrol reported that Duke was not admitted to the hospital. It's the second vehicle-train accident in Grady County over the last few weeks. Two people died when a train hit a truck in Ninnekah last month.

 

Fire Engulfs Mobile Home               

Fire destroys a mobile home in Bradley. Firefighters from three departments were called out to the fire near Main Street and State Highway 19 about 8:00 p.m. Monday. No one was home when the fire started. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department said volunteer firefighters from Bradley, Alex, and Naples were called out. There were 16 firefighters and seven fire trucks at the scene for about two hours. Myers said the fire started in the kitchen area and that the cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

Chickasha Man Unhurt When Missile-Hauling Semi Crashes

A semi hauling missiles crashes into a snowbank in Idaho. None of the missiles exploded and no one was injured. Media reports say the truck driver was 47-year old Mark Dearinger of Chickasha. The Idaho State Police says the semi was carrying 16 missiles, each of which weigh about 2,000 pounds. Authorities say Dearinger was driving through an Idaho Transportation Department checkpoint Friday night and trying to merge back on to the interstate. Instead, he drove to the end of a containment area and over a large snow bank where the truck became disabled. Officials from a nearby Air Force base sent some explosive ordnance technicians to the scene to help emergency personnel, even though the semi did not have a direct relationship with the base. Dearinger was ticketed for inattentive driving.

 

Man Faces Burglary Charge               

A Chickasha man is accused of burglarizing his neighbor's house. Police were called to a home in the 1000 block of South 5th last Friday to check out a report of a burglary in progress. Authorities questioned a man who told investigators he had permission to remove appliances, a TV, and numerous other items from the home. The home owner was contacted and told officials the suspect did not have permission to take the items. Authorities arrested 32-year old Dennis Lee McQuagge. Prosecutors have charged him with a felony count of burglary and a misdemeanor for knowingly concealing stolen property. McQuagge remains in jail pending a $5,000 bond. McQuagge is currently on probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge last year.

 

Son Arrested After Assaulting His Mother             

A man accused of hitting his mother is charged with resisting arrest. Chickasha police were summoned to a home near 14th and Texas last Friday to check out a domestic violence complaint. A woman told authorities her son was mentally unstable. The woman said her son lives at another address, and that a second son brought the suspect to her because he hadn't taken his medication. While the woman wasn't seriously injured she told police she was afraid every time the suspect came into the house. 22-year old Eric Moore, who lists an Amber address, was there. Court documents indicate police began questioning Moore when he became combative and started fighting with two officers.  After a brief scuffle, Moore was arrested. Prosecutors have charged him with misdemeanor counts of obstruction and resisting an officer. He is out of jail after posting bond.

 

Street to Close for Sewer Line Installation

A highly-traveled Chickasha street will be closing for a couple of weeks. A short section of 9th Street north of Country Club Road will be shut down. A contractor is installing some new sewer lines in that area. 9th Street will be closed from Country Club to Belmont for up to three weeks. Officials are expected to close the street between 9 a.m. and noon Wednesday, March 13th. Traffic will be detoured through the local neighborhood. Officials say they hope to have the work completed by the first of April.

 

Company to Inspect Oil Pipelines in the Region

A Kansas-based company will be performing safety tests on its oil pipelines which run through central and southern Oklahoma. Plains All-American Pipeline of Wichita, Kan. indicates it will be conducting safety and integrity maintenance checks along the Basin Pipeline, which transmits oil in Grady, McClain, Cleveland, Garvin, Stephens and several other counties. In a letter to the Grady County Emergency Management Agency, officials say the tests are to determine that the pipelines are not corroding. Officials say the testing should not impact residents or businesses in the area of the pipeline. Company officials will station workers and signs along the route during the tests which are expected to begin within a month.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.79 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.58.

Natural gas is $2.78 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,297 and silver is $15.45.

 

 

Monday, March 11th

 

New Chix School Board Members to Take Oaths

The Chickasha Board of Education will have two new members tomorrow night. Cara Gerdes and Laurie Allen are to take their oaths of office. Gerdes ran unopposed for an unexpired term and Allen won a three-person race for school board last month. A third new member, Robyn Morse, will be sworn in next month. Morse ran unopposed for a five-year term on the panel. After the swearing-in ceremony, the school board will hear a presentation of a forensic audit of the school district, and the panel will consider the recording and/or video taping of future school board meetings. The panel will also again consider policy on naming school buildings and facilities. The school board will also allow a local restaurant to honor middle school teacher Greg Gibson and middle school support employee, Rosalind Alexander. The panel is to consider the resignation of girls basketball coach and algebra teacher Sheila Sanders. The board is expected to approve hiring administrators for next school year including high school principal, Rhonda Snow; middle school principal, Debby Davis; Lincoln School principal, R.P. Ashanti-Alexander; Grand Elementary Principal, Dereth Harrison; and Bill Wallace Principal, Tressia Meeks. The school board will meet at 6:30 tomorrow night at the school administration building.

 

Hearings Set for Planning Commission               

Several public hearings are scheduled for the City of Chickasha's Planning Commission for its monthly meeting. The group will hear a request from Mark Sanders of M-A-S Chickasha to rezone 1625 S. 4th from Light Industrial to General Commercial use. Another public hearing will be a request from Max Stewart to obtain a use-on-review to sell alcohol at Bushwood Golf and Country Club. A third public hearing will be held for Donald and Lorie Woodings at 2708 S. 18th Street for a use-on-review to construct an accessory building over the maximum size allowed. The planning commission will meet at 4 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in the city council chambers at city hall.

 

Three Teens Injured in Roll-over

Three Cyril teenagers are injured and one hospitalized following a weekend crash. An unidentified 16-year old male passenger was admitted to a Lawton hospital with head and leg injuries. He was last in good condition. The driver, 18-year old Cantrell Walker, and an unidentified 17-year old girl were also taken to the hospital where they were treated for head injuries and released. The highway patrol reports that the one-vehicle accident happened two miles east of Cyril near CS 2710 and CR 1460 about 4:20 Saturday afternoon. The trooper investigating the accident said Walker was driving at a high rate of speed, lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road. The vehicle rolled 1 1/2 times and landed upside down.

 

Cables to be Installed in Hwy 81 Median at Ninnekah

We have a traffic advisory to pass along for U.S. Highway 81 near Ninnekah. The State Department of Transportation will be installing cable barriers in the center median over the next several months. ODOT says the area north of U.S. Highway 277 Ninnekah will be intermittently narrowed through the summer. It's a $1.6 million project that was awarded to Action Safety Supply Company.

 

OSU Extension Offers New Program

A new program from Grady County OSU Extension is designed to help you make your life a little better. Liz Taylor calls the program "Hacks for your Best Life."

 

               

 

The first program will provide tips on preparing meals for just one or two people. This initial program will be this Thursday, March 14th at 5:30 p.m. at the Extension Office at 9th and Choctaw. The programs will be free, but they ask that you register ahead of time so there can be enough supplies for everyone.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.07 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.74.

Natural gas is $2.86 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,295 and silver is $15.32.

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Today Let’s meet Canadian Valley Technology Center “Spotlight person of the week Matthew Ellis. Matthew Is a Home Schooled senior, and is studying Computer Drafting & Design at C.V. Tech. Tune in Friday the 15th, to KOOL 105,5 FM, (the 7AM and 8AM News) to hear the story.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday March 18th

 

Oklahoma House Bill authorizing certain personnel to carry a handgun on school property is up for debate.

House Bill 2336 presented by The bill’s author, Rep. Sean Roberts, has passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and If signed into law, it will allow districts to authorize certain personnel to carry a handgun on school property, as long as the personnel hold a valid reserve peace officer certification, or possesses a valid handgun license. Rep. Roberts, said some districts struggle to find personnel willing to undergo the required private security guard training. House Bill 2336 would allow districts to work with law enforcement on alternative instruction.

 

Chickasha School Officials Delay on-line posting of audit.

More information today about a story we reported last week regarding a recent audit of Chickasha Public Schools. A detailed audit of the school district was discussed at last week's school board meeting. The audit found incidents of over-spending, mis-managed funds, and not following proper purchasing procedures. Board president Doug Brown initially said, the audit would be posted on the school district's website. but the posting must wait until school officials review the issue at the next school board meeting in April. The audit is a matter of public record, and a copy can be requested: By submitting an open records request form at the school administration building, but the district can charge a fee for printed pages.

 

Amazon sets the path for students to engineering. 

Amazon announces it will begin funding computer science courses in dozens of schools across the state. As a part of the Amazon Future Engineer program designed to get kids into STEM careers. It aims to reach students in underprivileged communities. Almost 30 schools are in Oklahoma. For more information on the program Go to www.amazonfutureengineer.com    

For more information on the program click HERE.          

 

Duncan man accused of shooting his brother’s car.

25-year-old Jacob Austin Berry of Duncan is accused of shooting his brother’s Ford Mustang in the 600 block of North 1st Street last week. In Stephens County District Court he was charged with a felony count of… use of vehicle to facilitate intentional discharge of weapon. According to court documents, Duncan Police responded and reported windows had been shot out and a copper jacket bullet retrieved from between the front window and the vehicle’s dash. Berry was held on $150 thousand dollar bond after confessing to shooting up his brother’s car.

 

OHP reported 2 Wrecks in our area over weekend.

First, a Personal injury accident occurred Sat. morning around 10  on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike at mile marker 58 one mile east of Fletcher. According to OHP, a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 34 year old Sommer Paige Walsh, of Wichita Falls was west bound on I-44, and got sleepy then departed the roadway to the right, and flipped.  The driver and all 3 passengers were ejected from the vehicle. Walsh, Cynthia  Hamic, and 2 Juvenile, females were Transported by Survival Flight to OU Medical Center with serious condition including head, arm, leg, and trunk injuries.

 

The second was also a Personal injury accdent Sat. night about 6 miles South of 1440 Rd. east of 2510 Rd. and, northwest of Apache. OHP reported a 2010 Honda ATV driven by 60 year old Debra R. Schultz, of Apache, was westbound on private property when the Schultz struck a terrace overturning the ATV.  Schultz was transported by Survival Flight to OU Medical Hospital, and Admitted in good condition with head, and trunk injuries.

 

Saturday, March 16th

 

Chix School Officials Delay Decision to Post Audit On-line

More information today about a story we reported this week regarding a recent audit of Chickasha Public Schools. A detailed audit of the school district was discussed for about an hour and a half at this week's school board meeting. The audit found many incidents of over-spending, mis-managed funds, and not following proper purchasing procedures. At the school board meeting, board president Doug Brown initially said the audit would be posted on the school district's website. Now, school officials are backing off that promise, at least for the time being. Superintendent Jack Herron said school attorneys have recommended that the audit not be placed on the website, because it wasn't clear if there was a consensus of the school board members to do so. Herron said the issue would be discussed at the next school board meeting in April, to let the panel officially make the decision. The audit is a matter of public record and anyone can request a copy. Individuals can submit an open records request form at the school administration building. A digital copy of the audit can be sent via e-mail. A physical copy of the review would be available, but the district can charge a fee for every page printed.

 

Murder Suspect Wants to Withdraw Plea

A Caddo County man wants to withdraw his guilty plea in connection with the fatal stabbing of a man. Joshua Codynah of Apache is claiming his attorney at the time was ineffective. Codynah entered a blind plea in Comanche County District Court in connection with the 2016 death of Michael Mithlo in Lawton. Codynah's new attorney says his client did not understand the consequences of his initial plea. KSWO-TV cites the withdrawal application as saying Codynah was not advised that Mithlo’s family members would testify at his sentencing hearing, which is what he was trying to avoid with his blind plea. The application also claims Codynah was denied the chance to tell his side of the story.

 

Pre-War Swap Meet Wraps up Today               

Today is the final day of Chickasha's Pre-War Swap Meet. Only transportation items between 1890 and 1945 are allowed. You may even find some horseless carriages at the Grady County Fairgrounds. We talked to George Wilson and Tom Campbell, who came all the way from San Antonio to attend the meet. Campbell said they've been here every year for about 20 years. Wilson is 76 years old and Campbell is 84. Both are avid fans of the Model T, and  have spent much of their lives restoring the historic vehicles. Wilson said they're not in it much for themselves anymore, but like to renew friendships they've made and even help out if they can.

 

               

               

Wilson said he has a one-of-a-kind 1941 car that was the first luxury car made by Ford. He said it took him four years just to find the car, then he spent the next 17 years finding the parts he needed. He says he still drives it every day, although he didn't bring it to this year's show.

 

Switzer Firm to Install Scoreboards at Sports Complex

Former OU and Dallas Cowboy football coach Barry Switzer was in Chickasha Friday to announce a partnership between the City of Chickasha and a scoreboard company he has part ownership in. Switzer's company, Youth Scoreboards, will install new digital scoreboards at the city's sports complex at no expense to the city. Initially, the company will install six new scoreboards. The city council has already approved the agreement. Switzer said they'll re-coup their investment through advertising on the 4’ X 8’ video screens on each of the scoreboards. He said once the scoreboards are paid for, the company will donate a percentage of its ad revenue to the city.

 

               

 

City Manager John Noblitt said this project was brought to the city a couple of years ago.

 

               

 

The first scoreboards could be installed within a month. Plans are for five more scoreboards to be installed, and, the inoperable digital sign visible from the H.E. Bailey Turnpike may also be replaced.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Dr. Mitch Coppedge with the Five Oaks Medical Clinic is this week's guest on our KOOL Konversation. He'll be talking about the relatively new Walk with a Doc program. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, our guest is Oklahoma Lt. Gov Matt Pinnell. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

 

Friday, March 15th

 

 

Chix School Audit Won't be Posted on District Website

Chickasha school officials have decided against posting that forensic audit heard at this week's school board meeting on the school district's website. After the 90-minute review officials initially said the lengthy document would be placed on the website. Superintendent Jack Herron was not available to discuss the reason for the change. The audit is still a matter of public record and anyone can request a copy. Those individuals will have to fill out a request form at the administration office, then a copy will be e-mailed to them. The audit was critical of several issues, including some employees double-dipping; an employee being overpaid by nearly $7,000; an employee getting paid $80 per hour instead of $20 per hour; missing activity and athletic funds; and that bank card signatures had not been updated. While this forensic audit will not be posted on the school district’s website, a separate audit conducted by the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s Office can be viewed on the website: www.chickasha.k12.ok.us

 

Volunteer Fireman Discovers Rural House Fire

A volunteer fireman was in the right place at the right time. The unidentified Verden fireman saw smoke coming from a home northeast of Verden Thursday morning and notified his department. Authorities called out not only Verden volunteer fire crews but Anadarko as well. They were able to contain the fire to the laundry room where the fire started. Nobody was home when the fire started. Damage estimate was not available.

 

Pre-War Antique Auto Swap Meet Underway

You've no doubt seen the latest technology in the automotive industry where cars, trucks, and even semis are driven by robots. And electric cars and trucks are also becoming more and more available. In Chickasha this weekend, instead of the new robotic technology, antique auto enthusiasts will step BACK in time. The Pre-War Swap Meet celebrates the first 50 years of motorized transportation. There's nothing at the meet that is newer than 1945. About 300 vendors from across the country are expected to be on hand for this 29th annual event. The swap meet is run by Mike and Susie Ersland of Chickasha. It was started by Mike's dad, the late Joe Ersland. Admission to the event is free, and it’s being held at the Grady County Fairgrounds today and tomorrow. Also tomorrow, separate from the swap meet, the Chickasha Antique Auto Club will host its monthly Coffee and Cars. That event will be in the Grand View Shopping Center near Stage from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

               

Barry Switzer to Announce Investment in Chickasha

He's won a national championship in college football and a Super Bowl. Former OU and Dallas Cowboy coach Barry Switzer will be in Chickasha today, to announce an investment in the city. Details of the project have not been released, but Switzer will be meeting city and business leaders this afternoon. Switzer also operates a dog-training facility in Tuttle called Ground Zero, which trains dogs to do search-and-rescue missions following disasters. Switzer will be announcing his project at a meet-and-greet at the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce from 12:30 p.m.  to 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.

 

Blanchard to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Sunday is St. Patrick's Day. The City of Blanchard will hold its annual St. Patrick's Day parade tomorrow. There's activities before the parade with Irish dancing, Irish music, and food trucks starting at 3:00 p.m. The parade will start at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.61 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is down to $67.23.

Natural gas is $2.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,302 and silver is $15.36.

 

 

Thursday, March 14th

 

DHS Seeks Foster Families

Thousands of Oklahoma kids are in foster care. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has more than 8,000 children in protective custody. Of that total, there are more than 200 foster children in the Grady and Caddo county areas. Lourie Myers heads up the DHS Foster Care programs in the region. She says there is a big need for foster families to help care for the youth. Myers says if at all possible, they work to get the kids with someone they know.

              

Myers says the ultimate goal is to have the children re-united with their parents. Foster families can be married couples, single parent homes, and same-sex homes. Families do have to undergo a background check and training to qualify.

 

Wanted Burglary Suspect Behind Bars

A Blanchard man is in custody, accused of burglary and auto theft that occurred last summer. 23-year old Reiman Nelson Beaty was taken into custody by a Grady County sheriff's deputy earlier this week. A warrant for Beaty's arrest was issued last November. In documents on file at the Grady County Courthouse, it’s alleged that Beaty forced his way into a couple of homes and stole some firearms and a pickup. The pickup was recovered and returned to the owner. Beaty was arraigned on four felonies in connection with the alleged crimes. He's facing two counts of burglary, one count of vehicle theft, and one count of knowingly concealing stolen property. He remains in jail pending a $20,000 bond. He's to announce his attorney later this month and a preliminary hearing conference is set for April 17th.

 

Lt. Gov. to Make Chickasha Stop

Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell will be in Chickasha today. Pinnell will be addressing the graduating class of Leadership Chickasha this afternoon. The Leadership class has been meeting monthly since last fall. Graduation will be held in the USAO Regents room.

 

Wildlife Refuge Re-Opens; Repairs Still Underway

The visitors center at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge has re-opened today. Officials had to close the center last week due to a power outage. There are still some electrical issues, but officials brought in a generator to help with the bathrooms and building sanitation systems. However, the phones still don't work. Officials are hoping repairs can be completed as early as next week. While the phones are still down, if you would like a permit for the refuge you can e-mail the U.S. fish and Wildlife Service: wmr_permits@fws.orm

 

Technology Students Gather at Rush Springs               

Students at Rush Springs this week hosted their peers from regional schools for its annual Technology Students of America mini-conference. The conference was for high school and middle school students. Business-skill options were anywhere from designing and building dragsters to technology essays. Other areas included school gardens using hydroponic and aeroponic growing methods and entrepreneurship training.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.26 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.55.

Natural gas is $2.82 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,298 and silver is $15.24.

 

 

Wednesday, March 13th

 

School Board Members Clash During Forensic Audit Review

It didn't take long for the newest members of the Chickasha school board to voice their concerns about problems within the school system that have surfaced over the last couple of years. Cara Gerdes and Laurie Allen took their oaths of office last night to serve on the board of education. Here's Gerdes being sworn in by school board clerk Christal Bates.

 

               

 

After Allen was also sworn in, there was verbal sparring between her and school board president Doug Brown regarding the timing of the release of a forensic audit report. Allen wanted to delay the report, calling it reckless and irresponsible to discuss some details in public, especially the identities of current and former employees. She also wanted school board member-elect Robyn Morse to be seated on the panel before the discussion. Brown wanted the report to be heard in order for board members ask questions about it. He said the audit is a matter of public record, and anyone could get a copy of it and come to their own conclusions without any board response. Auditor Leah Wietholter spent about 90 minutes reviewing her findings. She highlighted about a dozen areas of concern including employees double-dipping; missing funds from the archery and other sports programs; and vehicle purchases made without the approval of the superintendent or the school board. Wietholter said most of the areas of concern had been rectified. One issue that arose named Morse who is a former school administrator. Wietholter said Morse had done some contract work while on school time. Morse said she had the approval of both the superintendent and school board at the time to do so. She says she feels bad for other former and current school employees whose names are included in the review.

 

               

 

Morse says she hopes the audits will help clear the air on many issues and that it's time for the district to move forward. Morse will take her oath of office for the school board next month. The complete forensic audit will be posted on the Chickasha public school website: www.chickasha.k12.ok.us

 

OHCE to Hold Appreciation Lunch for Military Vets

Area military veterans and their spouses will be treated to an appreciation lunch tomorrow. The Grady County OHCE will be serving lunch for the men and women who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. Beans, cornbread, coleslaw, and desserts will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the DAV Chapter 17 headquarters in downtown Chickasha. Any veteran who may have questions about their benefits or need help in applying for benefits will be able to get assistance throughout the day as well.

 

Ag Producers Face Friday Deadline to Apply for NAP               

Agriculture producers have until this Friday to sign up for the USDA program known as NAP, the Non-insured Assistance Program. Here's Mark Jackson with the Grady County Farm Service Agency.

 

               

 

Jackson says in order to be eligible for the coverage, a crop must be uninsurable, and a commercially-produced commodity for which catastrophic-level insurance is not available through federal crop insurance companies. Contact your local Farm Service Agency office for information.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.87 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.67.

Natural gas IS $2.78 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,308 and silver is $15.53.

 

 

Tuesday, March 12th

 

Couple Escapes Serious Injuries in Train-Car Crash

A train hits a car in southern Grady County this past weekend and two people in the car are lucky to avoid serious injuries. The accident happened about near Agawam School about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Sources tell us the northbound Union Pacific train hit the back of the car on the passenger side. The driver was identified as Dion Duke, who was taken to the hospital with a head injury. The highway patrol reported that Duke was not admitted to the hospital. It's the second vehicle-train accident in Grady County over the last few weeks. Two people died when a train hit a truck in Ninnekah last month.

 

Fire Engulfs Mobile Home               

Fire destroys a mobile home in Bradley. Firefighters from three departments were called out to the fire near Main Street and State Highway 19 about 8:00 p.m. Monday. No one was home when the fire started. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department said volunteer firefighters from Bradley, Alex, and Naples were called out. There were 16 firefighters and seven fire trucks at the scene for about two hours. Myers said the fire started in the kitchen area and that the cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

Chickasha Man Unhurt When Missile-Hauling Semi Crashes

A semi hauling missiles crashes into a snowbank in Idaho. None of the missiles exploded and no one was injured. Media reports say the truck driver was 47-year old Mark Dearinger of Chickasha. The Idaho State Police says the semi was carrying 16 missiles, each of which weigh about 2,000 pounds. Authorities say Dearinger was driving through an Idaho Transportation Department checkpoint Friday night and trying to merge back on to the interstate. Instead, he drove to the end of a containment area and over a large snow bank where the truck became disabled. Officials from a nearby Air Force base sent some explosive ordnance technicians to the scene to help emergency personnel, even though the semi did not have a direct relationship with the base. Dearinger was ticketed for inattentive driving.

 

Man Faces Burglary Charge               

A Chickasha man is accused of burglarizing his neighbor's house. Police were called to a home in the 1000 block of South 5th last Friday to check out a report of a burglary in progress. Authorities questioned a man who told investigators he had permission to remove appliances, a TV, and numerous other items from the home. The home owner was contacted and told officials the suspect did not have permission to take the items. Authorities arrested 32-year old Dennis Lee McQuagge. Prosecutors have charged him with a felony count of burglary and a misdemeanor for knowingly concealing stolen property. McQuagge remains in jail pending a $5,000 bond. McQuagge is currently on probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge last year.

 

Son Arrested After Assaulting His Mother             

A man accused of hitting his mother is charged with resisting arrest. Chickasha police were summoned to a home near 14th and Texas last Friday to check out a domestic violence complaint. A woman told authorities her son was mentally unstable. The woman said her son lives at another address, and that a second son brought the suspect to her because he hadn't taken his medication. While the woman wasn't seriously injured she told police she was afraid every time the suspect came into the house. 22-year old Eric Moore, who lists an Amber address, was there. Court documents indicate police began questioning Moore when he became combative and started fighting with two officers.  After a brief scuffle, Moore was arrested. Prosecutors have charged him with misdemeanor counts of obstruction and resisting an officer. He is out of jail after posting bond.

 

Street to Close for Sewer Line Installation

A highly-traveled Chickasha street will be closing for a couple of weeks. A short section of 9th Street north of Country Club Road will be shut down. A contractor is installing some new sewer lines in that area. 9th Street will be closed from Country Club to Belmont for up to three weeks. Officials are expected to close the street between 9 a.m. and noon Wednesday, March 13th. Traffic will be detoured through the local neighborhood. Officials say they hope to have the work completed by the first of April.

 

Company to Inspect Oil Pipelines in the Region

A Kansas-based company will be performing safety tests on its oil pipelines which run through central and southern Oklahoma. Plains All-American Pipeline of Wichita, Kan. indicates it will be conducting safety and integrity maintenance checks along the Basin Pipeline, which transmits oil in Grady, McClain, Cleveland, Garvin, Stephens and several other counties. In a letter to the Grady County Emergency Management Agency, officials say the tests are to determine that the pipelines are not corroding. Officials say the testing should not impact residents or businesses in the area of the pipeline. Company officials will station workers and signs along the route during the tests which are expected to begin within a month.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.79 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.58.

Natural gas is $2.78 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,297 and silver is $15.45.

 

 

Monday, March 11th

 

New Chix School Board Members to Take Oaths

The Chickasha Board of Education will have two new members tomorrow night. Cara Gerdes and Laurie Allen are to take their oaths of office. Gerdes ran unopposed for an unexpired term and Allen won a three-person race for school board last month. A third new member, Robyn Morse, will be sworn in next month. Morse ran unopposed for a five-year term on the panel. After the swearing-in ceremony, the school board will hear a presentation of a forensic audit of the school district, and the panel will consider the recording and/or video taping of future school board meetings. The panel will also again consider policy on naming school buildings and facilities. The school board will also allow a local restaurant to honor middle school teacher Greg Gibson and middle school support employee, Rosalind Alexander. The panel is to consider the resignation of girls basketball coach and algebra teacher Sheila Sanders. The board is expected to approve hiring administrators for next school year including high school principal, Rhonda Snow; middle school principal, Debby Davis; Lincoln School principal, R.P. Ashanti-Alexander; Grand Elementary Principal, Dereth Harrison; and Bill Wallace Principal, Tressia Meeks. The school board will meet at 6:30 tomorrow night at the school administration building.

 

Hearings Set for Planning Commission               

Several public hearings are scheduled for the City of Chickasha's Planning Commission for its monthly meeting. The group will hear a request from Mark Sanders of M-A-S Chickasha to rezone 1625 S. 4th from Light Industrial to General Commercial use. Another public hearing will be a request from Max Stewart to obtain a use-on-review to sell alcohol at Bushwood Golf and Country Club. A third public hearing will be held for Donald and Lorie Woodings at 2708 S. 18th Street for a use-on-review to construct an accessory building over the maximum size allowed. The planning commission will meet at 4 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in the city council chambers at city hall.

 

Three Teens Injured in Roll-over

Three Cyril teenagers are injured and one hospitalized following a weekend crash. An unidentified 16-year old male passenger was admitted to a Lawton hospital with head and leg injuries. He was last in good condition. The driver, 18-year old Cantrell Walker, and an unidentified 17-year old girl were also taken to the hospital where they were treated for head injuries and released. The highway patrol reports that the one-vehicle accident happened two miles east of Cyril near CS 2710 and CR 1460 about 4:20 Saturday afternoon. The trooper investigating the accident said Walker was driving at a high rate of speed, lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road. The vehicle rolled 1 1/2 times and landed upside down.

 

Cables to be Installed in Hwy 81 Median at Ninnekah

We have a traffic advisory to pass along for U.S. Highway 81 near Ninnekah. The State Department of Transportation will be installing cable barriers in the center median over the next several months. ODOT says the area north of U.S. Highway 277 Ninnekah will be intermittently narrowed through the summer. It's a $1.6 million project that was awarded to Action Safety Supply Company.

 

OSU Extension Offers New Program

A new program from Grady County OSU Extension is designed to help you make your life a little better. Liz Taylor calls the program "Hacks for your Best Life."

 

               

 

The first program will provide tips on preparing meals for just one or two people. This initial program will be this Thursday, March 14th at 5:30 p.m. at the Extension Office at 9th and Choctaw. The programs will be free, but they ask that you register ahead of time so there can be enough supplies for everyone.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.07 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.74.

Natural gas is $2.86 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,295 and silver is $15.32.

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Today Let’s meet Canadian Valley Technology Center “Spotlight person of the week Braxton Filippo.  Braxton, is a senior at Rush Springs High School, and is studing Computer Information Systems at CV Tech. Tune in Friday the 8th, to KOOL 105,5 FM, (the 7AM and 8AM News) to hear the story.

 

 

 

 

Monday, March 11th

 

New Chix School Board Members to Take Oaths

The Chickasha Board of Education will have two new members tomorrow night. Cara Gerdes and Laurie Allen are to take their oaths of office. Gerdes ran unopposed for an unexpired term and Allen won a three-person race for school board last month. A third new member, Robyn Morse, will be sworn in next month. Morse ran unopposed for a five-year term on the panel. After the swearing-in ceremony, the school board will hear a presentation of a forensic audit of the school district, and the panel will consider the recording and/or video taping of future school board meetings. The panel will also again consider policy on naming school buildings and facilities. The school board will also allow a local restaurant to honor middle school teacher Greg Gibson and middle school support employee, Rosalind Alexander. The panel is to consider the resignation of girls basketball coach and algebra teacher Sheila Sanders. The board is expected to approve hiring administrators for next school year including high school principal, Rhonda Snow; middle school principal, Debby Davis; Lincoln School principal, R.P. Ashanti-Alexander; Grand Elementary Principal, Dereth Harrison; and Bill Wallace Principal, Tressia Meeks. The school board will meet at 6:30 tomorrow night at the school administration building.

 

Hearings Set for Planning Commission               

Several public hearings are scheduled for the City of Chickasha's Planning Commission for its monthly meeting. The group will hear a request from Mark Sanders of M-A-S Chickasha to rezone 1625 S. 4th from Light Industrial to General Commercial use. Another public hearing will be a request from Max Stewart to obtain a use-on-review to sell alcohol at Bushwood Golf and Country Club. A third public hearing will be held for Donald and Lorie Woodings at 2708 S. 18th Street for a use-on-review to construct an accessory building over the maximum size allowed. The planning commission will meet at 4 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in the city council chambers at city hall.

 

Three Teens Injured in Roll-over

Three Cyril teenagers are injured and one hospitalized following a weekend crash. An unidentified 16-year old male passenger was admitted to a Lawton hospital with head and leg injuries. He was last in good condition. The driver, 18-year old Cantrell Walker, and an unidentified 17-year old girl were also taken to the hospital where they were treated for head injuries and released. The highway patrol reports that the one-vehicle accident happened two miles east of Cyril near CS 2710 and CR 1460 about 4:20 Saturday afternoon. The trooper investigating the accident said Walker was driving at a high rate of speed, lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road. The vehicle rolled 1 1/2 times and landed upside down.

 

Cables to be Installed in Hwy 81 Median at Ninnekah

We have a traffic advisory to pass along for U.S. Highway 81 near Ninnekah. The State Department of Transportation will be installing cable barriers in the center median over the next several months. ODOT says the area north of U.S. Highway 277 Ninnekah will be intermittently narrowed through the summer. It's a $1.6 million project that was awarded to Action Safety Supply Company.

 

OSU Extension Offers New Program

A new program from Grady County OSU Extension is designed to help you make your life a little better. Liz Taylor calls the program "Hacks for your Best Life."

 

               

 

The first program will provide tips on preparing meals for just one or two people. This initial program will be this Thursday, March 14th at 5:30 p.m. at the Extension Office at 9th and Choctaw. The programs will be free, but they ask that you register ahead of time so there can be enough supplies for everyone.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.07 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.74.

Natural gas is $2.86 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,295 and silver is $15.32.

 

 

Saturday, March 9th

 

Verden Man Loses Cancer Battle

Justin Boyer lost his fight with cancer this week. The Verden father of three died Thursday morning at just 29 years old. He was diagnosed with leukemia about two years ago. He spent much of the last year in the Houston area battling the disease. A Facebook page called Justin's Journey established to provide updates on Justin's battle had nearly 350 members and more than 3,000 likes. Justin was a life-long Verden resident and graduated from Verden High School in 2008. He and his wife Whitney have three young children - 7-year old Cannon; 3-year old Karter; and 1-year old Chamille. Other surviving family members include his parents, Roy and Terri Boyer, and brothers James and Jared. Numerous fund-raisers have been held to help the family with Justin’s medical expenses, including one last night in Friend, called Friend Praying for Friends. A GoFundMe page has been established or donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Verden. Justin’s funeral will at 2 o'clock next Thursday afternoon, March 14th at the Verden school gymnasium.

 

One Hospitalized After Crash               

A Lindsay man is taken to the hospital after his car runs off the road and hits an embankment. And he was pinned in the car for nearly an hour before first responders could get him out. 21-year old Antonio Rivera was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was last in good condition with a leg injury. The accident happened about 9:30 p.m. Friday six miles east of Lindsay at a T-intersection of two county roads. The highway patrol reports that Rivera went through a stop sign and into a ditch.

 

CHS Robotics Team Competes

The Chickasha High School Robotics Team is competing in a big regional event in Oklahoma City this weekend. The Cockadoodle Dominators are part of the FIRST Robotics Competition. FIRST is short for an international robotics program called For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Instructor Brandon Willis-

 

               

 

After this weekend of competition, the team will be going to Missouri for another regional the first weekend in April. They hope to qualify for the World Robotics championship which will be in Houston April 17th through the 21st.

 

Chamber Doles Out Awards During Annual Banquet

Some long-time Chickasha residents who gave back to their community were honored for their many contributions during the 96th annual Chamber of Commerce banquet last night. Business leaders Charles Allen Sr. and Beverly Allen, along with banker Pat Brooks were inducted into the Chamber's Hall of Fame. Others recognized include Elizabeth Allen as Volunteer of the Year and Weston DeHart was presented with the Citizenship Award. Some new awards included Community Advocate of the Year, which was issued to USAO President John Feaver. Also, an Elected Official of the Year was recognized, which went to Chickasha School Board member Zach McGill. Three local companies were recognized. The Manufacturer of the Year was presented to Signature Quarters. Large Business of the Year was awarded to HSI Sensing and Small Business of the Year was presented to Jay's Jewelry.  Another new category is the Event of the Year. The award was presented to the Rock Island Arts Festival.

 

Visitor Center Closed at Wildlife Refuge; Refuge is Open

If you have plans to visit the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, be aware that the visitor center is closed. Officials were forced to shut down the center due to some emergency repairs which need to be made to critical equipment damaged during an electrical outage. The center will be closed until repairs can be made, but it wasn't clear how long that might be. Acting Refuge Manager David Farmer is apologetic, but says the health and safety of visitors is the main concern. On the refuge Facebook page, he says they are working to find replacement parts and make necessary repairs. Restrooms are available at a number of sites throughout the refuge. Individuals wanting to schedule reservations for back-country permits and group campsites will need to e-mail requests to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website: www.fws.gov

 

Daylight Savings Time Returns 

Oklahoma and much of the nation changes to Daylight Savings Time this weekend. Move any clocks ahead one hour, if needed. Many cel phones and computers change the time automatically. The change means we lose an hour of sleep. The time change officially occurs at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 10th. Fire departments also say that Daylight Savings Time serves as a reminder to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

 

 

Friday, March 8th

 

City Releases February Construction Report

More than 25 building permits were issued in the city of Chickasha last month, but the combined value of those projects were less than a half-million dollars. Altogether, the Community Development Department approved just under $370,000 in new construction, which included both the commercial and residential sectors. The biggest project approved was for the new Papa John's Pizza restaurant that is being built next to the Cotton Patch Café near 4th and Grand. That project is $180,000. Other commercial projects approved were a $43,000  remodel project at The Shoe Department near Wal-Mart; $25,000 for some additional storage at Grady Memorial Hospital; $15,000 for  a remodel of a building owned by Jimmy Johnson at 521 E. Choctaw; and a $10,000 upgrade for a building owned by Ken Carpenter at 427 S. 4th. Officials approved permits for the installation of 15 residential storm shelters last month. Total value of new construction in Chickasha for the first two months of the year is $778,000.

 

Energy Industry Leads the Nation in New Jobs

A new government study shows the energy industry led the nation in the number of increased jobs last year. The report showed that the traditional energy and energy-efficiency sectors out-performed the economy as a whole, adding about 52,000 jobs in 2018. The website OK Energy Today says the report is from the Energy Futures Initiative and the National Association of State Energy Officials. Traditional energy areas employed about 4.6 percent of the total workforce in America. Petroleum fuels added more than 33,000 jobs, up nearly 6 percent. Natural gas extraction grew by nearly 7 percent, adding 17,000 jobs. The electric power generation sector was down by about 1 percent, but still had more than 875,000 jobs.

 

Pursuit Suspect to Undergo Mental Evaluation

A Caddo County man who is said to have suffered a mental breakdown after he went to court is to have a competency evaluation. 18-year old Christopher Andre Beaver of Anadarko was charged with several felonies in connection with a recent pursuit involving a stolen pickup, and is alleged to have tried to crash into police cars. Beaver has been formally charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, endangering others while attempting to elude, and assault and or battery with a dangerous weapon. The Lawton Constitution reports that Beaver's attorney requested the evaluation which was authorized by Judge David Stephens.

 

Weekend Concert to Feature Man Connected to Motown

Word is that a musician who wrote songs for and has played with many of the legendary musicians of Motown lives in Chickasha. Mel Bolton says among the artists he's shared the stage with include Dianna Ross, The Four Tops, and Marvin Gaye. Bolton and his wife Mae will be in concert at the Chickasha High School Auditorium tomorrow night. They're calling it a night of Rhythm and Blues. His wife Mae is a Lawton native who has lived in Chickasha for years, and sings love songs and gospel music. Tickets to the concert are $5. Show time tomorrow night is 8 p.m.

               

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Lourie Myers with the DHS Foster Prorgam will talk about the need for foster families in the Grady and Caddo county areas and across the state on our KOOL Konversation program. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, this week's guest is Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Sheriff's Office Warrant List

The Grady County Sheriff’s Office has issued a list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett.

 

               

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals you’re asked to contact the sheriff’s office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.66 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.30.

Natural gas is $2.86 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,293 and silver is $15.13

 

 

Thursday, March 7th

 

Nine Energy Reports a Profitable Year

Income reports have been released from another energy firm which has a big interest in the SCOOP and STACK plays. Officials with Nine Energy Services reports that while it had a net loss in the fourth quarter, estimated revenue for 2018 was more than $827 million, an increase of 52 percent from 2017. The website OK Energy Today reports adjusted net income for 2018 was just over $40 million, or about $1.66 adjusted-basic-earnings per share. Company President and CEO Ann Fox said Nine Energy completed about 51,000 more stages last year, which was up more than 86 percent.

 

Drug Trafficking Suspect Arrested in Rush Springs               

A Rush Springs man faces drug trafficking charges after he was found passed out in his car at a convenience store. 34-year old Kyle Gene Gifford was taken into custody Sunday afternoon, but not after a brief scuffle with Rush Springs police. A probable cause affidavit indicates that authorities found several baggies of methamphetamine in the vehicle. When the officer asked Gifford how much dope he had, Gifford replied  “enough to go back to prison”. Gifford told investigators that he was the middle man and was just delivering the drugs. Authorities found more than 68 grams of meth. Gifford has been charged with a felony for drug trafficking and a misdemeanor for resisting arrest. He remains in jail on a $50,000 bond. Gifford spent time behind bars on previous felony drug arrests in 2002 and 2005.

 

Stolen Car Suspect Tries to "Swim" Away from Police               

A suspect found to be in possession with a stolen car tries to make a getaway by swimming away from police. Dustin Zadoka of Lawton was arrested by Verden police last weekend in the bizarre case. A court affidavit indicates Sgt. Jeff Butler was at the police department's gun range when a man walked out of the woods. The man said his car got stuck while going to Lake Chickasha. Butler tried to help the man, but was unable to. While checking the tag on the car, it had been reported stolen. Butler said Zadoka jumped in the Washita River, and while struggling to swim made it to a small embankment, where officers took him in to custody. Zadoka has been formally charged with a felony for possession of a stolen vehicle, and misdemeanors for drug possession and obstructing an officer. Zadoka remains in jail pending a $5,000 bond.

 

Ward 3 Meeting Scheduled Next Week

Chickasha city officials have scheduled the next ward meeting for residents. Those who live in Ward 3 will have an informal meeting with their city council representatives as well as city officials to discuss their concerns and ideas for a better community. Ward 3 council representatives R.P. Ashanti-Alexander and Oscar Nelson are to be on hand, along with Mayor Chris Mosley and City Manager John Noblitt. The meeting will be next Tuesday, March 12th at Lincoln Elementary school starting at 6:30 p.m.

 

City Seeks Airport Manager

Chickasha officials are looking for someone to manage the city's airport. The announcement was placed on the city's Facebook page. Among the duties of the airport manager are to oversee and coordinate activities related to the operation, maintenance, and repair of the airport; prepare proposals for grants and coordinate and implement grant-funded projects; promote and coordinate public relations activities including tours, briefings, and presentations that promote the airport. Candidates are asked to have the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree and three years’ experience including one year of administrative responsibility. Salary could be up to $23 per hour depending on experience.  The opening will be listed until the post is filled. The job description can be found on the city of Chickasha's website at www.chickasha.org

 

Work at Lake Ellsworth Limits Access to Dam

If you like to spend time at Lake Ellsworth - access to the dam will be restricted for the next few weeks. A contractor making some repairs to the spillway is the reason. The firm is analyzing the work that will be needed to repair deteriorating slabs in the concrete spillway on the downstream side of the dam. The group is also looking at some problems that have appeared underneath the spillway. The dam is a favorite location for fishermen. Officials ask lake users to follow the directions on the signs placed on both the east and west sides of the dam and to use caution. The access will be limited only during working hours. The restriction is expected to be in effect until March 27th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.22 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.99.

Natural gas is $2.84 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,287 and silver is $15.11.

 

 

Wednesday, March 6th

 

Verden Voters OK School Bond Issues

There was a big win at the voting booth for Verden Public Schools. Nearly seven out of every eight voters gave their approval to two bond issues in yesterday’s special bond election. One is for school improvements and the other for an activity bus. Less than 100 voters cast ballots. The first proposition asked for $640,000 in bonds to install air conditioning at the high school gymnasium, purchase tablets for students, and some school furniture. That measure passed 72 to 11. The second issue was a $60,000 proposal to purchase a 14-passenger activity bus - one that would not require the driver to have a commercial driver's license. That measure passed 71 to 13.

 

Adult Basic Education Continues Serving the Region

There are many reasons students don't graduate from high school. But there is a program that helps teens as well as adults to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. The Adult Basic Education (ABE) program has been around the Chickasha area for about 50 years. Lisa Johnson is the director of the program which serves not only Grady County, but McClain and Garvin counties. There are about 150 students in the program right now. Johnson says they have students ranging from 16 years old to nearly 70 years old.

 

               

 

Johnson says there are three testing options to choose from to obtain what is typically called the GED or General Education Diploma. The Grady County ABE program is housed in the former Southwest School at 17th and Missouri in Chickasha. English as a second language courses are also available.

 

               

Alzheimer's Numbers on the Rise

A new report shows that more Oklahomans and Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease and that more people are dying from the illness. The study from the Alzheimer's Association shows 65,000 Oklahomans and nearly 6 million Americans are battling the disease. The study also shows more family and friends are serving as caregivers, including about 224,000 in Oklahoma. Death rates have climbed nearly 150 percent over the last 20 years and Alzheimer’s is now the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. The study also shows that despite a belief among seniors that early detection is beneficial, only half are being tested, and just one in seven receive regular assessments for memory or thinking issues during routine health checkups, compared to common evaluations like cholesterol, hearing or vision, and diabetes.

 

Motorists Encouraged To Watch Out for Motorcycle Riders

As we all anticipate warmer spring-like temperatures in the coming days and weeks, a lot of motorcycle enthusiasts will be hitting the road. One of them is Wes Hallmark, who is asking motorists to be on the lookout for motorcyclists, who can be hard to see.

 

               

 

Hallmark has been riding for years, and says he had a near-miss recently when a car pulled out in front of him. A friend of his was hit by a car recently. He was taken to the hospital, but fortunately he was not seriously injured.

 

Sheriff's Office Announce Promotion

There is a promotion to announce at the Grady County Sheriff's Office. Investigator Bellan Gornick has been elevated to the rank of sergeant. Sheriff Jim Weir and Undersheriff Phil Blevins announced the promotion this week. Gornick has been in law enforcement for about 10 years and previously worked for the Chickasha and Lindsay police departments. He's been with the Grady County Sheriff's Office for two years.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is to $56.56 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is$65.86.

Natural gas is $2.88 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,285 and silver is $15.11

 

 

Tuesday, March 5th

 

Chickasha's New Police Chief Sworn In

Dee Rowell, the City of Chickasha's new police chief, is officially on board in her new post. She was sworn in to office during last night's city council meeting.

 

               

 

Rowell's mother and sister pinned her badge on her Chickasha police uniform after Rowell took her oath. Rowell spent 32 years in the Ft. Worth, Texas police department before coming to Chickasha last week.

 

High-Dollar Screen for Wastewater Treatment Plant OK'd

The city council is putting your tax dollars to work, investing in a half-million dollar piece of equipment for the waste water treatment plant. The council approved the purchase of a bar screen for the plant, which keeps large debris like rags, plastic bags, and other items from going through the waste water treatment process, which can damage other equipment at the plant. The winning bid from C4L Company was just under $510,000. It was the lowest of four bids received and was lower than the engineer's estimate by about $10,000. The highest bid was for $592,000.

 

Rose Hill Cemetery Fence Repair May Begin Soon

The council also approved a bid from a local vendor to make repairs to the fence around Rose Hill Cemetery.  The nearly $6,000 bid from Craddock Fence Company was the lowest of three bids recieved. The highest bid was $14,000. City Manager John Noblitt said this project will replace several panels that were taken out by a car along Grand Avenue some time ago. He said more recent damage done to the fence will also be repaired by Craddock Fence, but a change order will be needed in the coming weeks, since the latest damage wasn't included in the project approved last night.

 

Firefighter Bunker Gear Defective; New Gear Ordered

The city manager also discussed a public emergency regarding some badly needed equipment for the fire department. He said several sets of bunker gear were found to be defective during an annual inspection and couldn’t be used. Noblitt said the emergency would allow the purchase of six new sets of bunker gear not to exceed $15,000.

 

Four Firms Told to Prepare for Midship Pipeline Project

Cheniere Energy is getting geared up to begin construction of its $1 billion, 234-mile pipeline through the SCOOP and STACK plays. After getting approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the first 13 miles of the pipeline last week, Cheniere has issued a notice-to-proceed to four different companies. They include Strike, LLC; M.G. Dyess, Inc; TRC Pipeline Services, LLC; and Cenergy LLC. It's not clear where the pipeline construction will begin. The line will run from Kingfisher, Okla. to Bennington, Okla. and will take natural gas produced in this region to southern Oklahoma, then on to the gulf coast.

 

Man Wanted for Child Molestion Arrested              

A man wanted for child sexual assault was arrested by law enforcement this past weekend. 44-year old Jody Lee Sharp of Blanchard was booked into the Grady County jail by Sheriff Jim Weir Sunday night. It's alleged that an 11-year old girl told police last July that Sharp had molested her.  An arrest warrant was issued for last October. Sharp is expected to have his initial appearance on the charge in Grady County District court today.

 

Verden School Bond Election Today

Verden voters are going to the polls today to decide a couple of bond issues for the school district. A $640,000 bond issue would add air conditioning to the high school gymnasium, and purchase tablets and furniture for students. An additional $60,000 bond issue would allow the district to purchase a 14-passenger activity bus. Polls are open until 7 o'clock tonight.

 

Chickasha Public Works Phones Not Working

The City of Chickasha's public works headquarters is having some issues with its telephones. The facility is unable to accept incoming calls. Steven Adams says that technicians worked on the problem all afternoon on Monday but were unable to resolve the issue. Adams says anyone needing to contact Public Works can use this alternate number - 405 544-6289.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.67.

Natural gas is $2.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,285 and silver is $15.10.

 

 

Monday, March 4th

Happy Birthday Matthew Mollman

 

Lawsuits, Union Talks Part of  Closed-Door Council Meeting

Two lawsuits filed against the City of Chickasha, and collective bargaining agreements with the police and fire unions will be reviewed as part of a closed-door meeting of the city council tonight. The closed-door session will be held inside the first of two regular city council meetings scheduled for March. One of the lawsuits is filed by Curtis Hart. The other is identified as Merrick vs. the City of Chickasha. The group will also discuss the status of contract talks with the Chickasha Fraternal Order of Police Local 129 and the International Association of Firefighters Local 2041. New Police Chief Dee Rowell will take her oath of office tonight, and officials are to recognized Accounts Payable Clerk Cameron  Colclasure as the city's employee of the month. City Manager John Noblitt is also to provide information about a report of public emergency, though exact details of that issue were not available. The city council meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at city hall.

 

Power Outage Leaves Communities In the Cold

A power outage left many residents in Rush Springs, Marlow, and Duncan without electricity and many without heat yesterday. Initially, Duncan city officials said its outage was due to a failed PSO transmission line in the Marlow region early Sunday morning.  PSO spokesman Tim Hushbeck said while the utility does provide transmission to Marlow and Duncan, part of the line is operated by those cities, and the damaged portion was part of their respective lines. Hushbeck said PSO crews are not allowed to work on the cities' lines unless they have been asked for help.

 

Weekend Crash Sends Woman to Hospital

Two people are injured, and one hospitalized following a one-vehicle accident near Elgin. 23-year old Taylor Milam of Sterling was a passenger in the vehicle. She suffered internal and leg injuries and was admitted to a Lawton hospital  where she was admitted in serious condition. The driver, 24-year old Mickey Milam, refused treatment for minor arm and leg injuries. The accident happened just east of Elgin about 11:15 p.m. Saturday night. The highway patrol said the vehicle became high-centered on a bridge then ran off the road and hit a tree.

 

Volunteers Team Up to Help Resident

Students from Chickasha High School and USAO teamed up with several departments at Chickasha City Hall to help a resident clear her property of a massive amount of debris. The project was part of USAO’s Drover Difference Day for USAO on Friday, and grew to include members of the high school key club. A press release from the Chickasha Police Department said the work was performed at no cost to the resident. Neighborhood Services Supervisor Traye Alexander said it was an opportunity for the city to give back and help a citizen who needed a hand up. The project was managed by Code Enforcement Officers Angela Kerr and Natalie Benoit. Waste Connections also contributed by donating dumpsters and its hauling services. The Public Works division chipped in by arranging to remove “tons of logs and brush” piled at the road side, helping the resident's property to conform to city regulations.

 

Council Candidate To Hold Meet-and-Greet

A candidate for Chickasha City Council will hold a meet-and-greet this afternoon. Devin Gagliardo is one of three candidates who will be on the ballot for the Ward 4 city council election next month. Gaglardio's meet-and-greet will be from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. this afternoon at Paradise Donuts.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $55.80 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.07.

Natural gas is $2.86 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,288 and silver is $15.17.

 

 

Saturday, March 2nd

 

Top Stories of the Week

On Wednesday, Chickasha police are confronted with an angry man with a gun. Authorities were summoned to the 800 block of Choctaw where the situation unfolded. Police didn't say why there were called to the area. KOOL/RANCH News was there and witnessed some tense moments when the man, sitting in his pickup, was yelling and screaming at officers. The situation was diffused after about an hour with no shots fired. The only information released by police is than an officer transported a man in need of mental health treatment from Red Rock Behavioral Health Services to Oklahoma City.

 

Chickasha Schools Get Mixed Grades From State Ed Dept.

Some mixed reviews issued for Chickasha Public Schools. In a new grading system issued by the state department of education, the high school recieved an overall grade of a B. While the overall grade was better-than-average, the high school got an F for its  graduation rate. State officials say only 78 percent of CHS students had earned  their diplomas in four or five years, while the state average was 86 percent. The high school also got a below-average grade - a D - for absenteeism.  The high school did get an A for English language proficiency progress and a B for post-secondary opportunities. The middle school recieved an overall D grade, getting below-average grades in academic achievement and academic growth. However, the middle school did get an A in the chronic absenteeism category, which shows good attendance. The middle school got a C for English language proficiency progress.  You can see your school's performance on the state department of education's website: https://sde.ok.gov/

 

New Police Chief on Board in Chickasha               

Also this week, Chickasha's new police chief is on board. And she's the first woman to serve as the city's top cop. Dee Rowell previously spent 32 years with the police department in Ft. Worth. She started as a patrolman then worked her way into administration where she led the department's Community Programs Division, Professional Standards Division, and the East Division. In that last assignment she supervised 190 employees and controlled a $23 million budget. Rowell  says she'll have an open-door policy and will strive to create a good relationship between the police department and citizens.

 

First Phase of Midship Pipeline Construction Approved

In another big headline this week, a federal agency has given its approval to start the construction of the Midship Pipeline. The massive project from Houston-based Cheniere Energy will help send natural gas produced in the SCOOP and STACK plays to the gulf coast for export. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized construction of the first 13 miles of the 234-mile pipeline. It will run from Kingfisher, through Canadian, Grady, and Stephens counties - all the way to Bennington in southern Oklahoma. That's where the new pipeline will connect with an existing line that is already sending natural gas to the gulf coast region. It's not clear when or where the initial construction will start. But there are already several locations throughout the Grady county area where the pipe to be used for construction is being stored.

 

Stock Show Premium Sale Brings Record $$$

One more story from this past week is the huge amount of money paid to area youth exhibiting animals at the Grady County Junior Livestock Show. When the dust settled at the 83rd annual event, more than $200,000 was awarded to the students. In the premium sale, the animals go up for bid in an auction, then individuals and businesses can give youth money for their projects. The auction brought in a record $114,000 and the add-ons contributed another $96,000. The students get to keep their animals, and many will take them to the state's largest youth livestock show, the Oklahoma Youth Expo, later this month.

 

Talk Show Topics

Sue Getman with the Chickasha Area Arts Council is this week's guest on our KOOL Konversation. She'll talk about a lot of projects the group is working on for this year. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, guests are Cameron Johnston and Evan Blasingame with Angel, Johnston, and Blasingame CPA firm to discuss income tax filing season. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

 

Friday, March 1st

 

New Police Chief On Board for City of Chickasha

The Chickasha police department has its first female police chief. Kathryn "Dee" Rowell begins her duties today. She was hired to the post last fall, but today is her first day on the job. Rowell comes to Chickasha after serving 32 years in Ft. Worth, Texas. She takes over from former Chief Greg Anderson, who stepped down after just a few months on the job last year. G.G. Music has been filling in as interim chief. Rowell is expected to take her oath of office at Monday night's city council meeting.

 

New Report Shows Mixed Grades For Chickasha Schools

Chickasha schools get mixed grades in the new A-F grading system released by the state department of education. The high school recieved an overall grade of a B while the middle school received a D. The grades are for the 2017-18 school year. While the high school received an overall B, it received a F for graduation, with only 78 percent of students graduating in four or five years compared to the state average of 86 percent. It got a D for chronic absenteeism.  The high school did get an A for English language proficiency progress and a B for post-secondary opportunities. The middle school recieved a D overall. It recieved D's in both academic achievement and academic growth. It received an A for chronic absenteeism (which shows good attendance) and a C for English language proficiency progress.

 

Stock Show Auction, Add-ons Bring $200,000+

It was a record payday for area youth at the Grady County Junior Livestock show. More than $200,000 was paid to 4H and FFA students who had animals in the premium sale last night. The auction portion of the sale brought in nearly $115,000 while add-ons from family, friends, and businesses brought in an additional $96,000. The grand champion steer shown by Ladd Turner of Ampo 4H commanded the top bid of any animal at $3,500. The grand champion barrow shown by Pace Mittlesaedt of Ampo 4H brought $2,500. Taylor McGill of Tuttle FFA got $2,500 for her grand and reserve grand lambs, and Hadley Cooper of Ampo 4H picked up $2,500 for the grand champion goat.

 

Last Day of Early Voting for Verden School Bond Election

There is one more day of early voting ahead of next Tuesday's special bond election for Verden schools. In person, absentee voting can be done at the election board offices in both Grady and Caddo counties. Both offices are involved since parts of the Verden school district lies in both regions. Ballots may be cast unitl 6 pm. today. Otherwise, regular precincts will be open next Tuesday. Voters are deciding two bond issues totaling $700,000. If approved, funds from one bond will pay for school upgrades, and the other would allow the district to buy a 14-passenger activity bus.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $57.22 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.03.

Natural gas is $2.81 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,310 and silver is $15.58.

 

 

Thursday, Feb. 28th

 

Police Stand-off Ends Peacefully

Tension in downtown Chickasha yesterday as police find themselves in a stand-off with a man with a gun. Chickasha police were called to the Monk Chiropractic Clinic in the 800 block of Choctaw Avenue about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.  It wasn't clear why police were summoned. Employees at the chiropractic clinic said the man was not a patient there. KOOL News was on the scene, where we saw a man in a pickup screaming at officers who responded to  the call. Several officers, including sheriff's deputies had their guns drawn. Traffic on Choctaw Avenue was closed in both directions while officials talked to the individual. Authorities managed to talk the gunman down after about an hour. Chickasha police released very little information about the stand-off. A brief statement from Interim Police Chief G.G. Music only indicated the subject was taken into protective custody and that all ended well.

 

Governor Signs Constitutional Hand Gun Carry Bill

Most Oklahomans will be able to carry open or concealed firearms after Gov. Kevin Stitt signed HB 2597 yesterday. The measure will go into effect November 1st. In a press release, the governor said that Oklahomans strongly support the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and they made that known in every county during his campaign last year. The measure will allow anyone who is at least 21 years old - or 18-years old and in the military - to carry. There are some restrictions. Handguns won't be allowed in schools, public or private sports arenas, gambling facilities or government offices. Individuals will have to pass a background check to purchase a gun, and individuals must disclose they have a gun when requested by law enforcement. The bill maintains current law which states individuals convicted of felonies cannot own or buy a gun.

 

First Leg of Midship Pipeline Ok'd for Construction

After a long-anticipated wait, the first phase of the construction of the Midship natural gas pipeline has been approved by federal officials. The first 13 miles of the 234-mile, $1 billion project for Cheniere Energy got the go-ahead by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The pipeline will carry natural gas produced in the SCOOP and STACK plays to southern Oklahoma. It will hook up with an existing pipeline that sends natural gas to the gulf coast for export. The pipeline will start near Kingfisher and wind its way through Canadian, Grady, and Garvin counties to the Durant area. Cheniere officials say they intend to begin construction sometime this year. Once completed, the pipeline, which is three-feet in diameter, will be able to handle about 1.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.

 

Steer, Heifer Winners Named at Stock Show

A couple of Amber-Pocasset 4Hers swept the top market and prospect steer awards at the Grady County Junior Livestock Show yesterday. Ladd Turner had grand champions in both categories while Kaitlinn Adams had both of the reserves. Braxton Fillipo of Rush Springs FFA had the grand champion heifer while McKenzie Layton of Ampo FFA had the reserve. Mckenzie Layton was the senior showmanship champion, while Emma Victery of Chickasha 4H was reserve. Allyson Arthur of Chickasha 4H was intermediate champion showman, while Rhett Schneider of Minco FFA was reserve. Braedon Callis of Minco 4H was junior champion showman, with Ladd Turner of Ampo 4H the reserve. Tonight is the big premium auction, with the top 125 animals to be sold. The sale and other add-ons from family, friends, and businesses, is expected to bring in $150,000 for the youth exhibiting the animals this week. There is a free buyers’ dinner at 5:30 p.m. with top awards handed out at 6:45 p.m.. The sale will start at 7:00 p.m. at the Grady County Fairgrounds and Events Center.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.94 per barrel.

London-based Brent is $66.39.

Natural gas is $2.80 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,326 and silver is $15.84.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 27th

 

Verden Voters to Decide School Bond Measures

A special bond election will be held in Verden next week, as voters decide on a couple of issues for the school district. There are two issues on the ballot which have a combined value of $700,000. The first proposition is for $640,000 to fund improvements to the high school gymnasium, purchase I-pads for students, and replace numerous incandescent lights with energy-saving LED lights. About half of that bond would pay to install air conditioning in the gymnasium. The rest is for the tablets, carpet, furniture for students, and other needs. The second bond issue is for $60,000 which would allow the district to purchase a 14-passenger activity bus. Superintendent David Davidson said the passenger bus would not require a driver to have a commercial driver’s license to transport the students.  The special bond election is set for next Tuesday, March 5th. Early voting will be available at election board offices in Grady and Caddo counties tomorrow and Friday.

 

Carden Circus Schedules Chickasha, Duncan Shows

An internationally known family circus will be making a couple of stops in the area next month. The Carden International Circus will be in both Chickasha and Duncan. The Carden International Circus has been entertaining families across the country for more than 50 years. It features traditional circus acts as well as tigers, elephants, and camels. There will be pre-show activities. The circus will be in Duncan next week, Thursday, March 7th and in Chickasha on Wednesday, March 20th. Show times will be at 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at both locations. You can purchase advance tickets on-line: tickets.supershrinecircus.com

 

Chix High School Announces Valedictorians

There will be more than 20 valedictorians crossing the stage to get their diplomas for the 2019 graduating class of Chickasha High School this spring. CHS also has an Academic All-Stater in Matthew Thomas. Thomas is among 100 high school seniors named an all-stater out of 535 students who applied. The last CHS academic all-stater was Matthew's sister, Emily, who won the award two years ago. Other valedictorians are Braden Warden; Faith Terry; Samantha Shaw; Samuel Reed; and Cambrie Price. Also Priya Patel; Lakelynn Parish; Lauren Palesano; Mckenzie Owens; and Hugh Nelson. Others are Blaine Murray; Madeline Morse; Grant Kopycinski; Logan Johnson; and Alexi Hendricks; Also Nicholas Harris;  Laura Gates; Johnathan Foster; Diallo Foster, Madison Austin; and Alexis Adams. Graduation will be Friday, May 17th.

 

Farm Service Agency Update

Ag producers have a couple more weeks to purchase NAP insurance for summer grass pastures. Mark Jackson with the Grady County Farm Service Agency says March 15th is the deadline to purchase the coverage. Jackson has an update on other programs through FSA-

 

               

 

Jackson says cotton loans are still available this year for producers who are waiting for their cotton to be ginned.

 

Goat Show Results from Grady County Jr. Livestock Show

At the Grady County Junior Livestock Show Tuesday, Hadley Cooper of Ampo 4H had a great day, showing both the grand and reserve grand champion market goats. Only one of the animals will be in the premium sale tomorrow night. Kolton Kohler of Alex 4H exhibited the grand champion doe, while Destiny Emerson of Tuttle FFA had the reserve.  For the showmanship awards, Dustin Tolson was senior champion showman, and Cody Bell was reserve; Intermediate champion showman was Destiny Emerson, with Baylan Byrd reserve. Hadley Cooper was the champion junior showman, while Rocky Byrd was reserve.  The cattle show closes out the judging at the show today. Taylor Graham of Miami is the judge.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $55.50 per barrel.

London-based Brent is $65.21.

Natural gas is $2.88 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,329 and silver is $15.90

 


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